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Army June 24, 2010
By AB Melanie Schinkel
THE winner of the 2009
Engineering Officer of the Year
Award is encouraging quali-
fied technical ADF personnel to
achieve chartered status.
Capt Keith Chambers, SO3
Electrical and Mechanical
Engineering (EME S42) for 3 Bde
at Lavarack Barracks, said achiev-
ing chartered status offered many
professional benefits within the mil-
itary and civilian workforce.
"As you must adhere to an engi-
neering code of practice and com-
mit to continuing your development,
you are seen as equally professional
in the eyes of your civilian engineer-
ing peers," Capt Chambers said.
"Accreditation helps to main-
tain your skills and should be an
achievement all levels of the engi-
neering profession aspire to."
Chartered status is exclusive
to Engineers Australia, a nation-
al forum for the advancement of
engineering and its professional
Engineers who achieve chartered
status are authorised to work inde-
pendently and considered competent
and ethical leaders.
Capt Chambers was bestowed
an Officer Fellow by Engineers
Australia in 2008 and holds
board positions on the National
Engineering Registration Board
and the National Committee for
Engineering Associates Australia.
As the recipient of an award
at the Canberra Engineering
Excellence Awards, Capt Chambers
said he was surprised to receive a
"To win the state award was
impressive enough but to then be
awarded the national prize was
beyond my wildest dreams.
"I was also very proud to be an
ambassador for the Army and to be
seen by my civilian colleagues as a
Capt Chambers arrived back in
Australia on March 4 after seven
months in Afghanistan on Op
Slipper as the logistic mentor to the
Afghan National Army's 4 Bde.
In his 24 years in the Royal
Australian Electrical and Mechanical
Engineers, Capt Chambers has been
the senior technical adviser for
Leopard tank at DMO, the Artificer
Sergeant Major of 3CER, and
a contributor to the White Paper,
on Defence engineering and to the
overall logistic plan that ensured
aviation capability on Op Slipper
"I have had the opportunity to
associate with the most talented
engineers in the country and provide
my input based on military-engi-
neering knowledge," Capt Chambers
"Now I plan to advance the pro-
file of the artificer-level mainte-
nance practitioner by promoting the
benefits of becoming chartered, and
lobbying for Defence sponsorship
For further information on how to achieve
chartered status visit www.engineersaus-
tralia.org.au. Alternatively, qualified ADF
personal can contact Capt Chambers on
HELPING reservists maintain a good
working relationship with their civilian
employers is the focus of a new 34-
The Reservist Handbook has been
p roduced by Cadet, Reserve and
Employer Support Division (CRESD)
and aims to provide reservists with infor-
mation about their rights and responsi-
bilities, according to Head CRESD Maj-
Gen Greg Melick.
"The handbook covers a range of
topics, including sections about the
Employer Support Payment Scheme,
Office of Reserve Service Protection,
tips on how to liaise with your employ-
er to arrange Defence leave and also
information about the opportunities for
your employer to personally experience
life as a reservist through Employer
Engagement Activities," he said.
For more information, talk to your unit liaison
officer or visit the Defence Reserves Support
website at defence.gov.au/reserves Chartering the
way for others
ACCESS conditions for the Defence
Assisted Study Scheme (DASS) have
become more restrictive following
increased demand on limited funding.
DASS, a scheme designed to assist
permanent and reserve ADF members of
all ranks to access training and education
at external education institutions, has
proved popular with members.
Maj Craig Rose, SO2 Personnel
Policy, said the aim of the new condi-
tions were to share available funding
more equitably and in accordance with
"Claims for DASS support are subject
to available funding and members should
consider several factors before making
a financial commitment to study after
July 1 this year," Maj Rose said.
Subject to funding availability, a reim-
bursement rate of 60 per cent of man-
datory course fees applies for studies
approved for financial support.
Text-book costs will no longer be
A maximum of two subjects will be
given financial support in any financial
year (a subject is defined as 1/8 (0.125)
of an annual full-time study load).
Delegates will determine sponsorship
levels for each course based on how the
subject meets the sponsorship definitions.
The maximum payment in any finan-
cial year will be:
$1000 for each subject approved
at level 1;
$500 for each subject approved at
level 2; and
$250 for each subject approved at
Level 1 studies -- ADF-preferred
courses and subjects are under review.
Level 2 support is under review and
may be suspended.
Certificate I--VI courses will be
approved at level 3 only.
Level 3 (professional development)
studies are again eligible to be consid-
ered for financial support.
Level 3 (transition) suspended.
Studies afforded a lower service prior-
ity may be approved for non-financial
(work release) support only.
Only courses that lead to accredited
Australian qualifications framework pro-
vided by registered training organisations
will be considered.
One DASS or ADFA postgraduate
course at a time may be supported.
Members who fail subjects are required
to self-fund the subject before further
financial support will be approved.
Further information is at http://intranet.defence.
8&Title=DASS or email Maj Craig Rose at craig.
Handbook for reservists Engineering expert: Capt Keith Chambers on deployment in Afghanistan.
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